- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Divine Arts (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161125034X
- ISBN-13: 978-1611250343
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Written with a poet’s eye and a seeker’s urgency, Ralph White traces his spiritual journey. His hunger for truth leads him down many alleyways. He rewards the reader with hard-won wisdom. Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way
There are many features of the narrative that draw the reader in not the least of which is the clear and beautifully expressed travelogue . What endures after reading White’s memoir is the greater sense of intention and relevance that comes with personal transformation. And, somehow, the book leaves one in the same state as the narrator: satisfied with what one has, yet on a quest for more. Psych Central
Every now and then arrives a man who contains within his life the momentum of an entire movement. Hermann Hesse comes to mind for the spirit- and soul-starved generations of the late 1800s and early to mid-1900s. The man for our time is Ralph White. Tikkun
A rare personal memoirs that will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Impressively well written with candor and insight, The Jeweled Highway is very highly recommended. Midwest Book Review
In this highly readable memoir, he colorfully describes his ups and downs and brave wanderings through far-off landscapes of the earth and of the mind and spirit. If you’re one who wants to know where we’ve been and where we’re headed in these times of great danger and opportunity, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Robert Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University; author of Inner Revolution and Infinite Life
Ralph White is one of those rare men who has said yes to life far more than he has retreated into safety. His luminous memoirs embrace the spiritual sphere of multiple revelations and portray a love of Gaia, our planet, as perhaps no one has done before. Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
A riveting, deeply joyful spiritual adventure demonstrating how a sustained wish for truth can attract a life strewn with inner meaning. Jacob Needleman, author of An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth
This is a brilliantly written autobiography of self-discovery from one of the foremost cultural creatives of our time. Like a contemporary Odysseus, Ralph White invites us to join him on his spiritual journey and absorb along with him the distilled wisdom of the human race that he encounters along the way. Kyriacos Markides, author of The Mountain of Silence and Inner River
What an extraordinary memoir. Ranks among the best books I’ve read in years! What a privilege to be so intimately invited into the inner life and breathtaking adventures of such a great seeker and person of action as Ralph White. He is a living Center of Consciousness’ for the whole world. Robert Sardello, co-director, The School of Spiritual Psychology, author of Silence: The Mystery of Wholeness
As a leading figure at the New York Open Center for three decades, Ralph White has introduced thousands of speakers, none more interesting than himself. In this gorgeously written memoir, the evocative images of his wide and deep life journey inspire us to do likewise seek and find, again and again. Robert McDermott, president emeritus, California Institute of Integral Studies
What splendid adventures-in-life await within this book! What a true jewel that avoids all dogma and instead seduces us with outrageous explorations of the soul. What a timely literary miracle in this era of spirit-questing and esoteric regeneration. David Yeadon, author of The Way of the Wanderer: Discover Your True Self Through Travel
The Jeweled Highway is a rare beast, a compelling book of spiritual vision and inspiration that is also an exciting adventure story a ripping great yarn’ and a testament to human courage and the willingness to push into the farthest frontiers in search of wisdom and spirit. In offering this memoir of a life very well lived, Ralph White also takes us on the most important quest of our time: the journey into the heart and soul and magic of a world in transformation. I enthusiastically recommend it! David Spangler, author of Journey Into Fire and Apprenticed to Spirit
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Filled with beauty, transcendence, and vitality, Ralph White’s memoir takes us on a quest for a life of meaning and the many ways he found to share its secrets with others. An adventurous story at the cutting edge of a deep cultural shift, it takes the reader from childhood in the Celtic world through adolescence in gritty Northern England, down Route 66 to Machu Picchu, and through the Himalayas into Tibet. Readers gain an insider’s knowledge of the origins of major centers of holistic learning like Findhorn in Scotland and the NY Open Center, and why they serve as necessary focal points for the emergence of greater sanity, wisdom, and awareness in the world. This gripping quest is told with honesty, verve, and spiritual insight.
Written with a poet’s eye and a seeker’s urgency, Ralph White traces his spiritual journey. His hunger for truth leads him down many alleyways. He rewards the reader with hard-won wisdom.” Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way
Ralph White is one of those rare men who has said yes to life far more than he has retreated into safety.” Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul
Ralph White is an internationally known speaker on spirituality and consciousness, and the cofounder and creative director of the New York Open Center, America’s leading urban institution of holistic learning. White has made numerous appearances on radio and television, and was the editor of the award-winning Lapis magazine. He lives in Long Island, NY.
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Ralph White’s memoir reveals the historical moves of inspired vision, and hours and hours of unpaid labor, that lead to the creation of these various organizations that became points of light on the jeweled highway of the search for consciousness.
Through Ralph White’s story, told with the linguistic flare of an old Celtic Bard, or a Russian mystic, we are invited to read of the mystical nuances of synchronicity and cosmic coincidences, which kept appearing all along the journey of his life.
The Jeweled Highway is both one man’s story and everyman’s story. It tells the tale of Ralph White’s “Quest for a Life of Meaning” and how one man's inner spiritual calling led him to become a catalyst for transformation in the world. But at the same time, this book is a reminder to all that we are each on our own spiritual journey called to serve the unfolding of the planet in this precious time.
Once I started reading The Jeweled Highway I had trouble putting down the book and felt gripped with fascination in the ever-changing landscape of Ralph’s story. If you have only one memoir to read this season, be certain make The Jeweled Highway - On the Quest for a Life of Meaning the book accompanies and transports you into the recesses of your own soul.
Ralph White played a pivotal part in bringing these ancient traditions, and the newer ones that have evolved in the past 50 years, into mainstream awareness. Not only did his journeys lead to the creation of The New York Open Center, but to other holistic centers all around the world. Now there are books, classes, workshops, and teachers from many important traditions that are available to us. Ralph White was at the forefront of this movement, one of its vanguards.
As a young man, he threw himself into life courageously, giving himself over to the inner longing to find his own way. He learned from others, but always trusted his inner guidance to take him where he needed to go. He discovered that if he listened carefully to his own source of wisdom, it would not lead him astray.
The stories he tells, of unlikely meetings with miraculous people, in both familiar and exotic places, and synchronous events, prove that there is indeed a connection between the inner and outer worlds, between the amount of courage and intention we bring to our lives and the difference we can make.
Intimately and poetically written, it’s an inspiring and important story, one that continues to this day.
Naturally, I was delighted when he mentioned this now-published memoir, organized in the shape of an archetypal quest. And like that of Sir Percival, it led to Ralph White's version of the Grail. It has been his particular mission to show how he did it so others can find their own Grails too.
It seemed fitting to include in this review my introduction of him when I welcomed him to the California Institute of Integral Studies in September 2015 so he could tell us about his journey along a path that led through many dark vales and shining peaks to mark out a way of deep personal and collective enrichment of soul:
Ralph White is Creative Director and co-founder of the NY Open Center, a leading urban institution of holistic learning. Sixty thousand people a year take its year-round programs and attend presentations by major writers and speakers in wellness, social/ecological change, inner development, world spiritual traditions, art and creativity.
Born in Wales, at age 23 he hitchhiked from Vancouver to Machu Picchu. He came to the US as a Fulbright scholar in 1970. He was program director of Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, and he taught the first fully accredited course in holistic studies at New York University. He has taught and lectured in the US, Canada, the UK, Russia, and Poland.
As an internationally recognized expert in the field of holistic learning and Western wisdom traditions, he has organized conferences like Prague, Alchemy and the Hermetic Tradition; The Italian Renaissance and the Esoteric Traditions; Psyche, Spirit and Addiction; Voluntary Simplicity; The Grail and Arthurian Traditions; The Golden Age of Andalusia: Sufis, Kabbalists and Christian Philosophers in Medieval Spain; The Mysteries and Philosophy of Greek Antiquity; An Esoteric Quest for Inner America; The Art of Dying; and A Quest for Ancient Alexandria: Greco-Egyptian Cradle of Western Esotericism. The Esoteric Quests series of international conferences are key world events on the Western Tradition. He established them in 1995.
Ralph edited and introduced The Rosicrucian Enlightenment Revisited, contributed to What Does It Mean to Be Human edited by Frederick Franck, and wrote the foreword to The Way of the Wanderer by David Yeadon. His story “ A Walk on the Wild Side of Tibet” was published in Tibet: True Stories. Huffington Post and Dragonfly Media.
Ralph has been on NPR, the BBC World Service, Voice of America, CBS Nightwatch, RAI TV in Italy, many NY TV and radio stations, Greek and Russian television, and Polish and Czech radio. He has been quoted and written about in the LA Times, The NY Times, Time magazine, the NY Daily News, and the NY Observer as well as the New Age Journal and Common Boundary. He also edits the award-winning magazine Lapis.
One of his favorite quotations reminds me of him:
“When the sound, healthy nature of man works as a whole, when he feels himself at one with the world as a great, beautiful, worthy whole, when this harmonious feeling of well-being gives him a pure free delight, then might the Universe, could it consciously feel, deeming itself at the goal, cry out for very joy, and be lost in admiration of the climax of its own development and organization.” – Goethe